Parts and ser­vic­ing

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Ser­vice sched­ule

There’s noth­ing much to de­ter the home me­chanic from work­ing on a GSX-R1000 — ac­cess is rea­son­able (by mod­ern stan­dards) and there’s no com­pli­cated gad­getry to deal with — it’s just a big, con­ven­tional bike. You’ll be wise to in­vest in a pad­dock stand though. The full fac­tory ser­vice man­ual is easy to find as a down­load. The ser­vice sched­ule’s a bit non­sen­si­cal, ob­vi­ously de­signed to drive work­shop traf­fic. Oil change and gen­eral checks at 4000 miles; oil and spark plugs changed at 7500; oil, fil­ter and air fil­ter changed at 11,000 and valve clear­ances checked at 14,500 miles. Sen­si­ble own­ers adapt the sched­ule to the real world — oil changes ev­ery 4000 miles, fil­ters and plugs changed ev­ery 8000, all of the above plus valve clear­ances at 16k. In ad­di­tion, coolant and brake fluid are due a change ev­ery two years and brake hoses at four-year in­ter­vals.

New and used parts prices

Don’t as­sume OE parts will be pro­hib­i­tive. For a 2009 model, gen­uine oil and air fil­ters are £12.82 and £26.30 re­spec­tively, a gen­uine bat­tery is £52.47 and front discs are a very rea­son­able £127.81 each (we’ve seen used ones listed for more than that). Mir­rors are £72.60 each and clip-ons £78.43 a piece, while gen­uine brake pads are thirty quid a pair in­clud­ing shims. We­moto can un­der­cut those prices with pat­tern bits of course — £5.28 and £14.50 for oil and air fil­ters, and £20.92 for Hh-rated brake pads. They can also do a de-cat Y-piece for the ex­haust at about £160, fork seals for £8.56 a pair and a com­plete chain and sprocket kit for less than a ton.

There’s no short­age of used parts ei­ther — un­sur­pris­ingly though, they tend to be from heav­ily crashed bikes, so cos­met­ics and front end parts are harder to find. A quick trawl through the usual venues on­line turned up brake calipers at £130 the pair, forks for around £500 the pair and ra­di­a­tors from around £200.

A track-used GSX-R is fine, as long as it has been looked af­ter prop­erly

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